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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Viswanathan Anand
Linares (2005), Linares ESP, rd 11, Mar-06
Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin (B50)  ·  0-1


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  Annie K.: <TIMER>, your #3 favorite is called Topalov. ;)
Mar-06-05  Ezzy: <TIMER - And has white against Kasparov in the last round> Well i suppose Topolov will chalk that one up as a 1-0 then, Lol( at the thought of a 1-0)
Mar-06-05  samikd: <flamboyant: the funny thing about prediction is that you are absolutly sure to have at least 1/3 right by predicting a draw of Leko's game> Thats right ! Thats why I never got 0/3 so far :)
Mar-06-05  samikd: Well Anand has White in 2 of his remaining games, and they are against Valejo and Adams. Kaspy has Black in 2 of his remaining 3 games, and one of those is against Topalov. So..the Kasparov-Anand game is going to be the decider,I think
Mar-06-05  guitar2001: i think recent events make it clear that it is too soon to say that kasim has joined the elite. said simply, he just isn't good enough. the only way he was even able to remain in the tournament was to play drawishly. but even with this strategy he withers under the determination of the top seeds to win.
Mar-06-05  guitar2001: it is now also clear that the rumors of Kasparov's demise are indeed greatly exaggerated. Kasparov is still the clearly the best player in the world and kasim would not have had a chance in a match against him.
Mar-06-05  TIMER: <Ezzy> You never know, Topalov is a brilliant player, goes for each game, world number three, and will be white against Kasparov, perhaps with a chance to win Linares by beating him. It is the best candidate of the remaining games for Kasparov to lose, but I would predict a draw.
Mar-06-05  rndapology: Hmm...did Kasimdzhanov have to take on d5? It looks really bad to take, why not continue instead with his knight plan and do 8. Ng3 Bd6 9. Qc2 0-0 10. 0-0 Qc7? Doesn't seem too bad. Or maybe Anand would have pushed the pawn?
8. Ng3 Bd6 9. Qc2 d4 10. Bg5 dxc3 11. bxc3 and then 11...Qc7? Then maybe 12. Bxf6 gxf6 13. Nh4 BxB 14. NxB Rg8 15. g3 and then castling on the kingside might be bad for white, but black's king is probably stuck in the center as well. Plus white would have the attractive f4 idea at that point.
Mar-06-05  euripides: Anand in this game does something that Fischer and Capablanca did very well: exchange pieces so that his advantage increases with each exchange. On move 26 it seems as if White may be crawling out of trouble; in fact he is probably lost.
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  bernieno: Philidor would have liked this game, the pawns played an important role here.
Mar-06-05  Ezzy: <mdapology> What was bad, is the fact (that As white) you don't play such passive opening rubbish as this against the world numer 2! In my database, there are only 2 games where white played 5 d3 6 Nbd2 and they were 2300 players, and white lost both games. Today, Kasimdzhanov played like a 2300 player. Horrible play by the FIDE World champion??
Mar-06-05  csmath: Every game Kasim plays in Linares he played passively. Eventually that turns against him. Either he is not prepared in openings, or he is not capable of facing elite, or perhaps he is just in bad form. He is a nice guy otherwise but with this kind of chess you cannot play in Linares or on any other supertournament.
Mar-06-05  rndapology: Yes, 5. d3 really seemed unnecessary because the check is still available. Castling was no doubt something better to do, but the Alapin with Nbd2 seems perfectly respectable but not the way and order in which this game was played.
Mar-06-05  Ezzy: Probably, the demolition job inflicted upon him by Kasparov, has (not surprisingly) shattered his nerve. Crushed by the world number 1. Outclassed, by the world number 2 There seems to be nowhere to hide!
Mar-06-05  dragon40: This game was pitiful, and following up my comment on the Kasim kibitz page, this guy is a "World Champion"...ugh and help all of us :( The worst example of Kasim's play as White to date!
Mar-06-05  euripides: It looks as if Kasim wasn't prepared for 8...Nxd5 and comes up with the very unsatisfactory Qd1-a4-d1. After that, he was always in some difficulty. Possibly he overlooked 10...Nb6, or overestimated the benefit of forcing the knight to leave d5.

But he had used this quiet-looking system to beat Sadvakasov; it's not as obviously bad or unambitious as Anand made it look.

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  Sneaky: Wow, what a game--Vishy makes Kasimdzhanov look like a fish! It take Kasim 37 moves to finally move his Queen's bishop, then he resigns after one more move. What can you say? Vishy is a monster!
Mar-07-05  watchchess79: I am a little weak in chess.
Can anybody tell me the winning line for black for 32.gxf4 instead of 32.fxe3 ?
Mar-07-05  Ezzy: <watchchess79> If 32 gxf4 Qg6+ 33 Kf1<(if 33 Kh1 exf2 Threat (34 Qg1 mate.) So 34 Qf1 Qe4+ 35 Qg2 Rd1 Mate. Or 34 Qxf2 Rd1+ and mate next move.)> exf2 (Threat again Qg1 mate) 34 Kxf2 Bc5+ 35 Be3 Re8 36 Re1 <(36 Bxc5 Rxe2+ 37 Kxe2 Qh5+ wins the bishop)> Rxe3 37 Qxe3 Bxe3 38 Rxe3 and white is clearly winning.
Mar-07-05  siu02jm: <Ezzy> thanks for the analysis i was failing to see the winning continuation for black after 32 gxf4..
Mar-07-05  shor: how does anand win?
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  IMlday: Maybe 4. h3!? (Hans Jung) is better?
May-30-05  mohd rafi fan: <shor> It does not matter what Kasimdzhanov plays on move 39, Anand will play 39...Qd3 (if not 39. e4) or 39...Qb5 (if not 39. c4) and that is spectacular check mate.
Sep-04-05  tiburon92: too many queen moves
May-27-11  onlinechesslessons: I was going through some old Linares classics and decided to make a video analysis of this great game by Anand -

Although Linares has been cancelled for 2011, hopefully it will be back in action in 2012!

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